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Do Not Try this Experiment at Home!

Our tolerance of heat is limited, and without enough drinking water, a single day a hot desert is likely to end in a miserable death. But in 1775 the Secretary of the Royal Society, Mr. Blagden, had a room heated to well above the boiling point, and, together with a dog and a piece of raw meat, he entered the room at 105°C. When he left it 15 minutes later, he and the dog were fine, but the steak was well done.

(Schmidt-Nielsen, Knut; "At the Edges of Life," Nature, 407:132, 2000.)

From Science Frontiers #132, NOV-DEC 2000. 2000 William R. Corliss

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